Phil Weeks – "By My Side" Remixes (Review)

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August 24, 2011 by DJ Elroy

Artist: Phil Weeks
Title: By My Side (Remixes)
Label: Robsoul Recordings (France)
Cat No: ROBSOUL100
Style: House
Release Date: 7th October 2011

Phil Weeks drops the third round of remixes from his “Love Affair” album with “By My Side”.  The Original is deep and groovin’ house music, nothing more, nothing less. The straightforward song progression doesn’t offer much in the way of surprises, but its simplicity is what makes it work. The song rolls along nicely and has some big headspace as a filler-track; perfect to slow things down and get intimate with your listeners.

Hector Moralez’ Ghetto Mix pumps some adrenaline into the tempo and gets right to business with the vox, choppin’ and droppin’ them early and often. Again, pretty basic structure with a few breakdowns.

The Inland Knights’ Lost n Found Remix is probably the choice cut of the album. Not too fast, not too slow. Not too deep and not too much wasted energy. The glitchy synths, unique layers, subtle change-ups, and strong kick give the Lost’n’Found remix more flexibility than the two previous cuts. But why do the squeaky hearing-test bleeps almost reminded me of the opening bars of ‘Funky Town’?

Rounding out the LP is the Gramophonedzie Remix. The first thing I noticed was the the kick: the bottom’s so big it gets the Sir-Mix-A-Lot stamp of approval. (Again I hear the opening of ‘Funky Town’, this time it’s the bass notes. Anyone else hear it?). The smooth synths and rolling bassline really give this one some presence and the breakdown is a bit more intricate than the others. A close second for sure.

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